Real Talk: The 12 Best Albums Of 2012

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Despite large sales numbers becoming more and more difficult to secure, the ultimate goal for any artist remains the album. We here at TSS have a varying range of tastes; a quality we believe helps cover a wide array of topics and influences. It also assisted us in picking 12 albums we were fans of in 2012.

From politically inspired, to groundbreaking debuts, to therapy disguised as music and everything in between, there’s an eclectic vibe and what we hope a method to our madness here. In a few minutes, two handfuls of our favorites will be known. Next up, yours. Leave your top 10, 15, whatever in the comments and see how they align with ours.

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Killer Mike and El-P – R.A.P. Music

After years of great music, Killer Mike finally put together his classic record. Powered by boisterous productions from El-P, Mike let loose with his most politically charged and focused album to date. Complain about rap all you want, but you won’t complain about R.A.P. (Buy)

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Ab-Soul – Control System

Before Kendrick’s debut turn rap on its head, his Black Hippy brother-in-rhyme dropped a project to less fanfare, but equal quality in Control System; a project providing an intricate and often times painful look into the life of the self-proclaimed “Black Lip Bastard.” We’re running out of ways to say these TDE guys rap. And for good measure, “The Book Of Soul” is one of the best things to happen to Hip-Hop in 2012. (Buy)

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Sean Price – Mic Tyson

You want political commentary? Heart-wrenching storytelling? Something uplifting? Well, you don’t want this album. P delivers bar after bar of insults aimed at crappy whippersnappers and the putrid state of Hip-Hop. And he does it so incredibly well. (Buy)

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Freeway – Diamond In The Ruff

The term underrated – like classic – is thrown around more often than it needs to be in Hip-Hop. Yet, it defines Freeway nearly to the tee. Diamond represented a beautiful blend of Philly street corner grittiness and soulful elegance catering to nearly all facets of rap listeners. As long as Free continues to put out good music, he’ll always have a spot in TSS’ e-office rotation. Can the same be said for you? (Buy)

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